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Jaguar Will Have A New Sports Car Next Year

Get ready to meet the F-Type.

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Over the last couple of years, Jaguar has been upping their game by catlike leaps and bounds, improving their existing car lines to the standard set by the best in their perspective segments. Now it’s time for the car maker’s product renaissance to move into Phase Two: adding on new ranges. And the first one out of the blocks will be a new sports car.

Jaguar announced the new sports car’s official status at the New York International Auto Show last week, and while they didn’t have an example of it there for us to see, they did give us the scoop on just what to expect. The new car will be called the F-Type, and will occupy a smaller, sportier niche in the ecosystem than the XK series does.

When the F-Type launches in mid-2013, it’ll only be available as a soft-top convertible, but global brand director Adrian Hallmark doesn’t deny that a closed-top version is out of the question. “(We) “certainly won’t stick to just a convertible. If you get a convertible right, it’s easy to do a coupe,” he told Autoblog.

As for what’ll lie under that sleek hood, Jaguar so far only says the engine options will include “a new powerplant family,” adding that technical details will be revealed later this year. We’re betting “new powerplant family” means a six-cylinder range of some sort, possibly outfitted with some combination of forced induction or hybridization—or both, like the C-X16 concept that presaged the F-Type. As long as the F-Type turns out to look good beneath all that camouflage, Jaguar may have something special coming down the line. (via Autoblog, Jaguar)

Press Release:

Jaguar announces new sports car: the F-TYPE

4th April 2012,New York.

Today Jaguar confirms that it will bring an all-new sports car to production; the F-TYPE.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW AN EDITED VERSION OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE

Speaking at the New York auto show Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, confirmed: “We showed the C-X16 concept in September 2011, and the reaction to it has been so positive that we’ve accelerated our development of an all-new Jaguar sports car.

“That car will be called the F-TYPE, and it will be unveiled in production form later this year. The core appeal of Jaguar’s cars is their sporting heart, and that heart will beat stronger than ever before in the F-TYPE. Its development is a vivid representation of the confidence and ambition of the Jaguar brand, and the desire amongst our engineers and design team to produce a world-leader in a market segment that we have been absent from for too long. But no longer – the F-TYPE is coming.”

Utilising Jaguar’s industry-leading knowledge of all-aluminium construction, the F-TYPE will launch as a convertible, and a strict two-seater with the focus uncompromisingly on delivering driver reward. A range of petrol engines will be available – including a new powerplant family – and all will deliver stunning sports car performance.

Today also marks the point that the F-TYPE’s rigorous development schedule moves to final on-road testing, with engineering prototypes now leaving Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich plant – the same plant at which the production cars will be built.

Ian Hoban, Jaguar’s Vehicle Line Director said: “The engineering development of the F-TYPE has focused on delivering a heightened level of dynamic driving reward. We are excited about our progress to date and are looking forward to soon being able to demonstrate what we have achieved.”

Ian Callum, Director of Design, said: “A true sports car needs to be pure in both its purpose and its form; to have the opportunity to produce such a car for Jaguar has been a privilege both for myself and for my team. The C-type, D-type and E-type Jaguars were all sports cars that held true to this principle in their era, and the F-TYPE will hold true to that same principle in its time, a time that is soon to arrive.”

The F-TYPE will join Jaguar’s existing range of cars – the XF saloon and Sportbrake, XJ saloon and XK coupe/convertible. Full F-TYPE technical and range details will be announced later in 2012. It will go on sale in mid 2013.

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